How Avoiding Emotions Effects Mental Wellbeing

What is Experiential Avoidance Behaviour? Experiential avoidance is defined as when a person tries to escape the feelings of distress they experience through emotions, memories, thoughts, and physical sensations. The individual becomes resistant to staying with their feelings of discomfort and distress and will try to avoid their feelings of anxiety in an attempt to …

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Avoidant attachment and impact on relationships

Understanding avoidant attachment: In an age when the value of human life is high, and humans are living longer than ever, afterwards, we find ourselves navigating the twist and certainly turns of long-term relationships never previously seen. Each relationship contains complex factors pertaining to and influencing communication, bringing together mini cultures, intergenerational experiences and individuality …

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Mental Fetigue

Mental Fatigue: Is your brain exhausted?

Mental fatigue defined: Also known as mental exhaustion or burnout; it arises from prolonged stress – whether it comes from work, relationships, life events, or all of these. After you’ve been physically working for a while then your body may begin to feel tired and drained. Suppose you continually ignore the physical symptoms from overwork …

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Am I overthinking?

Overthink (verb) To think too much about something: to put too much time into thinking or analysing something in a way that is more harmful than helpful (Merriam-Webster online dictionary).   When does it become a problem?    We all sometimes spend time overthinking, lying awake at night, ruminating about the past, trying to predict …

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mental health stigma

Why is it so hard to talk about mental health issues? – Mental Health Stigma

Mental health issues are very common in our modern-day society. Yet, many people are struggling to open up about their challenges and seek professional mental health support. One reason for this is the experience of toxic feelings such as guilt, shame, criticism, and self-blame for their symptoms. Other reasons are cultural and social beliefs and …

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(Unconscious) Defence Mechanisms

Our brains work in amazing and sometimes seemingly mysterious ways. We’ve all heard terms such as they’re just “being defensive”, “in denial”, or “trying to rationalise their behaviour”. And many of us have caught ourselves behaving or responding in ways that may seem strange or uncharacteristic on reflection. But why do we turn to these …

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The benefits of Mindfulness

What is mindfulness? Everyone has heard that mindfulness benefits our physical and mental health and well-being. But what effect does it have on our brain in terms of neuroscience? In short, Mindfulness means being present without judgement. To be moment-to-moment in gentle awareness of our thoughts, feelings and environment. It involves being aware of the …

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Working with SOMATISATION in Arts Therapy

What is SOMATISATION? Soma is a Greek word and means “the living body”. Integrating techniques on somatic awareness in Arts Therapy adds a significant dimension to verbal exploration. In the psychodynamic framework of Creative Arts Therapy, we explore somatisation to help enhance self-awareness, self-growth and develop insight. We gain greater insight into bodily experience as …

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